Environmental Sciences Spotlight: Mackenzie Fiss

Each month, the Environmental Sciences Academic Program highlights a current student who represent the diverse and involved student population within the program. This month, June, the spotlight focuses on, Mackenzie Fiss.

Name: Mackenzie Fiss

Mackenzie Fiss

Focal Area: Chemistry (double major in marine sciences-biological oceanography)

Year: Senior

Hometown: Southport, NC

1. What lead you to select Environmental Sciences at NC State?

I transferred from American University in DC to NC State, and was drawn to the ES program here because of how interdisciplinary the major is, which is allowing me to expand my knowledge and understanding of the environment through a number of different fields.

2. What is your favorite aspect about the Environmental Science program?

I love how flexible the program is so that the major can be tailored to each student’s interests!

3. What has been your favorite course at NC State?

My favorite course so far was Marine Fisheries Policy that I took as a part of the Semester@CMAST program! We learned about the shrimp trawl bycatch petition and were able to apply everything we learned to current legislation and conservation issues.

4. How did you select your focal area?

I didn’t need to take all of the classes required for a chemistry major, and choosing chemistry as my focal area allowed me to choose the courses that will be most applicable to pursuing marine chemistry in the future.

5. What is something you wish someone had told you when you were a freshman?

I was really afraid to reach out to professors, so I wish someone had told me that professors love when you talk to them about your interests and how they coincide with their research, and that can lead to research opportunities in their labs!

6. What is your favorite thing to do outside of the classroom?

I love to backpack and spend time outdoors, and I love playing with dogs!